Key Stage Information

Key Stage 4

Key stage 4 consists of the secondary years 10 and 11 - classes Lipman, Turing and Murdoch.

In Key Stage 4 students are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their own learning, to develop more independence, to gain an understanding of the community outside Hazel Oak and to gain knowledge and awareness of the further education and career options that are available to them following their time here.


Accredited Courses

Students work towards accredited qualifications in English, Maths and Science at levels appropriate to individual needs and abilities (Entry Level, Level 1 or GCSE).

All students gain qualifications in Home Cooking Skills, Physical Education, Personal and Social Development (PSD), Computing and Creative Pathways: Art, Music & Design Technology.

Currently, students also choose two of the following options: Land Based Studies, Modern Foreign Languages, Arts Award (Bronze Level 1) and Humanities.

Further Curriculum

Pupils are taught ‘Life Ready’ which incorporates Life Skills, Careers and Citizenship. All pupils take part in weekly Guided Reading sessions and P4C (Philosophy for Children).

During weekly Assemblies, often led by individual classes, students learn about a diverse range of Religious festivals, beliefs, cultures and traditions as well as meeting as a community to celebrate achievements. There is also an opportunity for quiet reflection and contemplation within Assemblies.

Careers and the future

Vocational skills and future pathways are a core component of our curriculum with a focus on practical skills and the World of Work.

Y10 students take part in a World of Work Week where they experience a range of visits and workshops. The week includes a Take-Over Day at a local charity where students work as a team within the shop to raise money for the chosen charity and to develop their social and work skills.

All KS4 students have a Careers Interview with an Independent Careers Advisor where realistic further education options are discussed and in the Summer Term Y11 complete a two week Work Experience placement.

Personal development and Independence

We work closely with the Travel Training Team at Solihull Council to ensure that those students who are able are supported to learn to travel to and from Hazel Oak independently using public transport rather than using Local Authority taxis.

We also use public transport as much as possible when going out and about as part of our curriculum.

‘Independence Challenge’ encourages students to be more independent at home, supported by collaboration between families and school. Students are encouraged to develop their experiences and practical skills and, consequently, their self-confidence. Achievements are recognised and celebrated in school with peers.

Experiences outside school

There are many opportunities for students to gain experiences outside the classroom. We offer a range of Educational Visits and termly Reward Trips.

In Y11 all students take part in the “Shakespeare Schools Festival” where they perform a Shakespeare play in a professional theatre - this also links to the Arts Award (Bronze Level 1) Shakespeare Challenge that all Y11 pupils complete.


We encourage greater responsibility as students mature: following a whole school election process, Y11 pupils are selected as Head Boy and Head Girl; pupils take on roles to support younger pupils during transition from KS3 to KS4 and we hold fortnightly Key Stage Assemblies which are often led by pupils.

All Y11 pupils are Prefects, undertaking a range of whole school and Key Stage responsibilities.

Class School Council representatives ensure that all students in the Key Stage are given a voice regarding issues that affect them and the school community.

Arts Ambassadors also represent Key Stage interests and encourage participation in The Arts.